Mr. Ballpoint

By Gerald Everett Jones

Historical fiction, Biography & memoir, Young adult | Paperback, Hardback, eBook, Audiobook


The mostly true story of how we got the ballpoint pen in 1945, it's a comedy about an outrageous huckster and his mild-mannered son. In 1945, Milton Reynolds introduced the ballpoint to the United States and triggered the biggest single-day shopping riot in history at Gimbels in Manhattan. The Reynolds International Pen Company made $5 million in eight weeks during the first non-wartime Christmas season.




Gerald Everett Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University. He is the author of seven novels, including a series of three satiric Rollo Hemphill misadventures, the adult melodrama "Christmas Karma," the crime story "Choke Hold," the father-son comedy "Mr. Ballpoint," and the historical thriller "Bonfire of the Vanderbilts." He coauthored the nonfiction memoir "The Light in His Soul: Lessons from My Brother's Schizophrenia." He has also written more than 25 nonfiction books on business and technical subjects and is an award-winning screenwriter. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, Women's National Book Association, Dramatists Guild, and the Independent Writers of Southern California. His business title "How to Lie with Charts" has become something of a classic on the subject of presentation design. He is the host of the GetPublished! Radio show.


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Gerald Everett Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from the College of Letters, Wesleyan University. He is the author of seven novels, including a series of three satiric Rollo Hemphill misadventures, the adult melodrama "Christmas Karma," the crime story "Choke Hold," the father-son comedy "Mr. Ballpoint," and the historical thriller "Bonfire of the Vanderbilts." He coauthored the nonficti...


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